Construction starts on W.Va. senior housing

May 05, 1997


Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Construction began Monday on Cottages of Martinsburg, a 120-unit apartment development being built for senior citizens.

The development is being built by Senior Cottages of America, a for-profit Minnesota firm that expects to have more than 30 such projects completed and occupied by the end of the year, a company spokesman said.

Roger Peterson, executive vice-president of Senior Cottages, said the complex, being built on 12 acres at 2605 Eagle School Road east of Martinsburg, will be ready for occupancy by September.

Peterson said his company gets tax credits to build the government-subsidized complex. The Martinsburg complex will cost about $7 million, he said.


Peterson said the housing will consist of 60 one-bedroom units and 60 two-bedroom units.

Two-bedroom apartments will rent for $482 a month and those with three-bedrooms will go for $547 a month. The rent includes water, sewer and trash pickup, all repairs, snow removal and ground maintenance.

One bedroom units are 991 square feet. Two bedroom apartments are 1,081 square feet.

Each apartment has a front porch. The complex will have two community rooms for dinners, parties and meetings.

Six units are handicapped accessible.

Garages and mini-storage facilities are available at extra cost.

Annual income of single tenants cannot exceed $17,520. A two-person household income cannot exceed $20,040, Peterson said. At least one family member must be over the age of 55. No one under 21 will be allowed to live in the complex.

Tenants will pay for their own utilities. Kitchens will be equipped with stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and garbage disposal units.

Peterson said his company has 22 senior rental complexes operating around the country with another eight, including the one in Martinsburg, slated for completion this year.

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